Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ismail has strongly warned certain “parties” to not attack the Johor Royal household for their vocal stand on the nation’s woes.
In a strongly worded statement posted on the “Johor Southern Tigers” Facebook page early today, Tunku Ismail, without naming the parties, expressed sadness as he felt some people saw his father and himself as challenging the government.
“Lately I received word that there are some quarters who are instructed to ‘attack’ my father and myself, due to our vocal stand on various issues.
“The question is, are we vocal for the benefit of the state and nation, or do we harbour malicious intent towards the country?
“We are only concerned about the prosperity of the people, as well as wanting the nation’s leaders to carry out their duties with integrity and transparency, for the sake of the rakyat.
“If advice and opinions from my father as the Sultan, and myself as the Crown Prince, are to be restricted and disputed, what are the rakyat to hope for?,” he asked.
As such, Tunku Ismail called on the parties to instead find solutions to the nation’s woes, as arguing amongst each other would get them nowhere.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to stress to certain quarters, not to create issues about my father and I, just to divert the attention of the rakyat from more pressing issues.
“Do not use us as scapegoats while the current situation deteriorates.
“Rather than ‘attacking’ each other, the time and effort will be better spent to solve the problems plaguing our country.
“I pray may Allah always bless the people of Johor and Malaysia. Allah save the Sultan. Long live Johor.”